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VETERAN MAKES A CAREER CHOICE TO HELP OTHER VETERANS

VETERAN MAKES A CAREER CHOICE TO HELP OTHER VETERANS

A student in the medical assisting degree and business management programs at the Nashville Campus, John York, came to National College upon his discharge from the United States Army after being injured while on active duty in Iraq. John said that he wants to make a difference in the lives of other veterans by obtaining his degree in medical assisting so he can give back to his fellow soldiers.

John said he has an advantage over students that attend larger schools because of “the smaller class size along with the instructors being so knowledgeable and going the extra mile to help you succeed.” As a veteran, he encourages his fellow service members to consider National College because “they will receive a good education and the support to finish their degrees.”

John said he first became interested in the medical field when he served in the US Army. He took combat lifesaving skills courses where he learned how to triage, cover wounds, administer an IV, and stabilize a soldier that has been injured. John is hoping to bring the skills he learned during combat into the classroom as well as in the doctor’s office— after graduation.  John said, “After completing my medical [assisting] degree, I want to work as a practice manager or partner with a physician or physician assistant to open a clinic.” John also has big plans to help his fellow veterans who have been wounded in combat and ensure they get proper medical care.

Veteran of Iraq, John York (pictured) wants to help other veterans.

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LYNCHBURG
INSTRUCTOR WORKS WITH CAREER CENTER TO JUMP START CAREER

INSTRUCTOR WORKS WITH CAREER CENTER TO JUMP START CAREER

Savannah Watson of the Lynchburg Campus completed her associate’s degree in business administration-accounting on Saturday, July 6th.  Thanks to the strong support and efforts by her accounting instructor, Ruth Turner, she has already started her new job with a local accounting firm.

“We have a strong team environment with our staff and faculty here at the Lynchburg campus,” says Nancy Wilcox, career center director. “Our efforts to prepare our students for good, solid, career opportunities are apparent in the classroom.  The instructors bring in guest speakers to motivate and encourage the students to look ahead at where they can be one day in their career field.”

Savannah was a student in Ruth’s intermediate accounting class and really impressed her with hard work and good grades.   One of the guest speakers of the class was a CPA and owner of an accounting firm.  When Ruth heard that there was an opening in the office, she encouraged Savannah to apply, and Savannah got the job.

Savannah Watson (l) of the Lynchburg Campus is pictured with her instructor, Ruth Turner (r).

Currently, academic credit earned at National College and American National University is creditable toward the education requirement for taking the CPA exam in Virginia and Ohio. Each state has its own requirements and students and prospective students are strongly advised to contact the Board of Accountancy in any state in which they may wish to become licensed as a CPA to determine whether that state will accept academic credit earned at a nationally accredited institution toward the education requirement for licensure in that state.


BRISTOL
MEDICAL ASSISTING GRADUATE ACHIEVES PERFECTION

MEDICAL ASSISTING GRADUATE ACHIEVES PERFECTION

It was a bittersweet experience for Sheri Jessee, director of health care education of the Bristol Campus, to say goodbye to the spring medical assisting class. The class was filled with good students that were eager to learn and succeed.  The graduates proved their good work ethic by having 100% pass their Registered Medical Assistant exam.

The class included a student with a major accomplishment: Allison Bernheimer received a perfect score.  Allison attributed her success to the instructors, Sheri Jessee and Susan Patrick, for being very helpful and supportive.  She said their anatomy and coding classes were challenging but good preparation for the exam. 

It was a family sacrifice for Allison to return to school as a single parent of a 10- year-old son.  “Just because you come from a single parent family doesn’t mean you have a disadvantage,” said Allison. “[I chose] to either be a victim or make something of myself and become a role model for my son.” Allison, along with another student, was so inspired by their experience at National College that they have decided to continue their education and pursue a Registered Nursing (RN) degree.  The medical assisting program continues to produce fine graduates that are prepared for the work force and are inspired to carry on with their education.

Medical assisting graduate, Allison Bernheimer, received a perfect RMA exam score.

 


SOUTH BEND
BRANDING OF AN OUTSTANDING PHARMACY TECH

BRANDING OF AN OUTSTANDING PHARMACY TECH

When Brandie Leigh Mejer was a teenager, the question kept weighing on her mind about her mother’s medications: why do they work, why don’t they work, what do they do, and why can’t they be taken together?   As she was thinking about college and the career direction she wanted to take, she discovered the South Bend Campus of American National University and the pharmacy technician program.  Before she knew it she was in her pharmacy externship at Walgreens getting hands-on experience and answers to the questions she had years before.  Brandie found she had much to learn about the responsibilities of making sure the right person received the right prescription, putting the anxious customer quickly at ease, explaining the nuances of insurance coverage, filling an emergency prescription with a sense of urgency, and transferring medications from one store to another.

Brandie passed her Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination after completing her pharmacy technician diploma program.   She received her job offer from the local Kroger Pharmacy in July, 2013.  Brandie enters into her new field with energy and enthusiasm for providing the pharmacy with the efficiency, value, and service that will add to its growth and success.  She is also looking forward to fulfilling her customer’s needs along with providing all the answers to those same questions that she had concerning her mother’s prescriptions.

Graduate Brandie Mejer is a pharmacy technician with Kroger.

 


DAYTON AREA
Difference Maker - Rolnecia Albert - Career Center Director

Difference Maker - Rolnecia Albert - Career Center Director

WHO

Rolnecia Albert—Difference Maker at the Dayton Area Campus

 

WHAT

Career Center Director

 

WHEN

  • American National University Staff member for 3 ½ months
  • Seven years of experience in public service as an investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission

 

WHERE

  • Received Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and politics from Wright State University
  • Previously served as president of the Urban League of Broward County Young Professional Network
  • Trained as an experienced mediator in negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard Law School and Capital University Law School

 

WHY

  • “I am humbled to serve so many veterans at American National University. A large percentage of our student body is either veteran of foreign war or civilian employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. What an honor to work with heroes. I am also inspired by the percentage of single mothers that manage a household and balance studies here at American National University. Making a commitment and sticking to it are traits I admire greatly.”
     
  • “From the day we meet until the day the student is hired in their programmatic field, I have just one goal- to help my graduates find jobs in their field of study. I focus on being a teammate with the student in finding the right opportunity for them to launch their career.”
     
  • “The best moments of my job are getting the calls from graduates that say ‘I’m hired’! It’s exciting whether I worked with the graduate for a few weeks or for a few months. I fulfilled my goal for that graduate and for American National University.”

 

Career center director Rolnecia Albert (r) is pictured with business administration graduate Donjeta Dervisholli(l).


ROANOKE VALLEY
ESL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

ESL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

An “internationally themed” picnic was held for the students, staff, and faculty of the Roanoke Valley Campus on Thursday, June 27th to celebrate the different cultures that are present at the university. To respect the cultures of all religious groups in attendance, the picnic included halal hotdogs, which do not contain pork. 

 The international students in attendance dined together and though from different backgrounds, have obviously developed very close friendships. Rakah Alketheiry of Saudi Arabia has been at American National University for one year and three months, the same amount of time that he has been in the United States.  He is preparing to finish the ESL program and then plans to stay at the Roanoke Valley Campus to earn his degree in business administration-management because he loves the school.  He then plans to return to Saudi Arabia to join his family. 

Other students in this circle of friends were from Japan and Jordan.   “They all mix together and become good friends,” said ESL program director, Dr. Eric Rothgery. “[They are] together in their classes 25 hours a week and then there are programs on weekends.  The students get pretty close.” 

Business management department chair, Mathew George (l) with some of the international students from the Roanoke Valley Campus.   


LOUISVILLE
SINGLE MOM TURNS CARING PERSONALITY INTO A CAREER

SINGLE MOM TURNS CARING PERSONALITY INTO A CAREER

Nancy Masden, a graduate of the Louisville Campus, has a successful career working as a certified medical assistant for Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana, a large practice of over 20 physicians, who specialize in treating patients who suffer from kidney disease.   “Seven years into medical assisting and I love it,” she said with a smile.   “When you’re working with people, and you love people, you’re going to be good at what you do.”

Nancy was a single mother of a newborn when she began looking for a school where she could earn her degree and fulfill her dream of working in the medical field.   She searched for almost a year before enrolling in the medical assisting program at the Louisville Campus, where the flexible class schedule allowed her to continue to work while attending school. “American National University gave me an opportunity that I could not get anywhere else,” she said.

Once she got started in her program, Nancy found small class sizes and attentive teachers.  But life was not without its struggles, and Nancy was forced to sit out one term during her program to deal with some personal issues.  “American National University worked with me and said come back, don’t give up,” she recalled.

Nancy currently serves as the prescription coordinator for the busy practice, where she assists with educating patients on their medications.  “My patients love me.  I take the time to talk to them.  That one person that you take time out for to get their medications straight…they’re going to remember that forever,” said Nancy, who also helps her patients find programs that will help make their prescriptions affordable or free through various foundations.

She has become a strong advocate for kidney disease awareness and she recently spoke to medical students at the Louisville Campus about the work she does each day in the practice, and about dialysis and kidney transplants.  She also urged the students not to let obstacles prevent them from completing their program and reaching their career goals. “American National University has given me the opportunity to do what I love to do,” she said.

Graduate Nancy Masden (pictured) is a prescription coordinator for a busy medical practice.   

    


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
STUDENTS LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF A FIRST IMPRESSION

STUDENTS LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF A FIRST IMPRESSION

Career center director Felicia Luttrell recently spoke with instructor Matt Adams’ Preparatory Math class at the Danville Campus (Kentucky), about how to dress for success.   Professional dress and appearance are crucial to making a good first impression during a job interview.

During her presentation, Felicia offered tips on how to prepare for an interview, starting with getting a good night’s sleep, showering, and grooming properly.  She also discussed the importance of clean, pressed clothes. 

Felicia reminded the graduates that many companies have policies against body piercings and tattoos so, it may be necessary to cover those for an interview.  “And, since a lot of another person’s perception of you is based on how you’re dressed, I told them to smile and be confident,” added Felicia.

“The career center director is very awesome and very helpful to this school,” said William Pennington, a student in the business administration-management program.  Seminars on professionalism, job searching, and résumé writing are just one of many services offered by the career centers which are located on every American National University campus.    Career center directors work with National students throughout their programs to help them prepare for their job search and to help connect them with employers.

Career center director, Felicia Luttrell (pictured) speaking about professional dress and appearance.


FLORENCE
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING CLASS VISITS BEST BUY

INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING CLASS VISITS BEST BUY

To understand the concept of planning, purchasing, and installing smaller networks, Valerie Bowman’s Information Systems Engineering class participated in a consulting project at the Florence Campus. Each student was assigned a different scenario outlining a fictitious company’s needs for new networking equipment, workstations and/or laptops, as well as compatible software. The student then had to research, price, and recommend a solution to the fictitious company’s problem by submitting a detailed proposal as their final project.

To aid in product research, the class went to the Best Buy store in Florence to find the information for their proposals. It was a great way for the students to learn how some systems interact with one another as well as practice making suggestions to a potential client.  Student Shawn Taylor said, “By going to Best Buy, it was like we were in a real-life situation having to look at equipment and comparing costs for our customer [which is] different than [simply] looking at pictures online.”

Students from Valerie Bowman’s information systems engineering class who visited Best Buy are: Devonte Higgins, Shawn Taylor, Dan Nylund, and Greg Clark.


LEXINGTON
CAREER FAIR LEADS TO MULTIPLE JOB INTERVIEWS

CAREER FAIR LEADS TO MULTIPLE JOB INTERVIEWS

On Thursday, July 25th, the Lexington Campus hosted a career fair that more than 50 students and graduates attended. Coached by career center director, Cheryl Howell, most students came to the event dressed in business attire, had their résumés in hand, and were ready to meet and impress employers from the Lexington area.  There were 14 companies in attendance from a variety of technical, retail, medical, and staffing industries.  The career fair provided students with an opportunity to learn about a variety of companies and gave students a chance to speak informally with employers in a relaxed atmosphere. Twelve students left the event with scheduled interviews.

Student Maurice Thompson (l) is pictured with Denise Jones and Melissa Fearin who are employed by Workforce Development.


CHARLOTTESVILLE
STUDENT ENTERS NATIONAL COLLEGE AFTER AN EXTREMELY LONG WAIT

STUDENT ENTERS NATIONAL COLLEGE AFTER AN EXTREMELY LONG WAIT

Sharon Vess first heard about National College from a friend in 1980 who graduated from the Charlottesville Campus. Sharon then graduated from high school one year early, ran away from home and got married.  She said, “I flew by the seat of my pants my whole life.  I learned by doing.  I have had all of these lifetimes and have done so much.”  She still felt that she was missing something because she did not go to college.  

Before enrolling at National, Sharon worked for herself and operated several businesses but had to dissolve them due to pregnancy and divorce. She is working towards her business administration-management associate’s degree and expects to be finished in approximately 18 months. She has also opened a new business called Mixed Greene.  Sharon lives in Greene County and her business plan is to grow produce to sell to local restaurants and then use refuse for compost.  She also plans to add a public recycling area within the next 3-5 years.  Sharon said, “Greene County is growing so fast and there is so much room for improvement regarding the environment.  We could be the first ones to get recycling started and [eventually] the whole state could be ‘green’! The environment has changed so much with forests being cut and [increased] trash.  I want something to be left for my kids and grandkids.”

The confidence that Sharon now has because of her education has made a marked impact on her life.  Her number of clients has doubled. She said, “I now have the confidence that what I am saying is true.”  She also recently quit smoking.  She added, “[I now] hold [myself] to a higher standard and know that the next day [I] can do something else.”

About her experience at National, she said that she is even more pleased with her overall experience than she thought she could be.  She had thought that she could begin as a part-time student but followed the advice: “If it is good and you like it you want more”!  She loves how the instructors use “real world” professional and personal experiences.  She said that students are welcome to ask questions and receive individual attention.  She said that the classroom setting is anything but a high pressure environment. 

She is such an ambassador for the college that she has persuaded her daughter, Casey Pace, to enroll in the business management associate’s degree program as well and has already shared two classes with her.  She has recommended the school to other family members (including her son who is still in high school), and two neighbors. 

When asked about what advice she would give to others, Sharon said, “The experience is unbelievable.  Open one door and it leads to six. Take advantage of what is available because it is yours.  You would be surprised how easy it is.  Just sign up and the world is your own oyster.  You can do with it what you want.” 

(A)-Student Sharon Vess is working towards her business administration-management associate’s degree.

(B)-Sharon Vess with fellow student (and daughter), Casey Pace.


PRINCETON
REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS EMPLOYED IN FIELD

REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS EMPLOYED IN FIELD

Jennifer Walker and Shannon Poore, graduates of the Princeton Campus, have completed medical assisting externships as required and passed their registered medical assistant (RMA) exam.  Pictured are the two students being pinned with the caduceus pin and the medical assistant’s pin in honor of their accomplishments. Both students have gained employment in their chosen field; one in a local pediatrician’s office and one in the hospital laboratory. 

Jennifer is continuing her education as she works part-time for a local pediatrician.  Working with children is very different from her recent personal experience caring for a family member.  After several years of surgeries, medicines, and being restricted by the use of external devices for heart problems, Jennifer’s mother-in-law recently had a heart transplant.  During all of this, Jennifer somehow balanced school, completed an externship, traveled to and from Duke University Hospital, and assisted with the physical care her mother-in-law required after her hospital stay.

Shannon is currently working as a phlebotomist at a local hospital.  On her first day at work, she crossed paths with Patricia Sell, director of healthcare education, who was also at the hospital to renew her American Hospital Association (AHA) instructor certification. Shannon’s supervisor told Patricia that she was impressed with Shannon and her skills. After her first week on the job, Shannon said that she is very happy with her new career.

Jennifer Walker (l) and Shannon Poore (r), receiving their Caduceus and Registered Medical Assistant pins.


 
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